Thoroughly Mid-Century Modern Home With Bomb Shelter/Panic Room

Quiz question for you real estate young’uns: When is a bomb shelter in a house for sale almost as unsurprising as a granite countertop? When that house was built in the 1950s, during the era of the Civil Defense Department propaganda¬†and the Cold War (the Russians weren’t writing New York Times op-eds back then).

But time passes, and spaces get modernized to accord with contemporary mores and concerns. Which is why the bomb shelter was transformed, the listing says, into a “panic room.”¬†Hmm. That is definitely more surprising than a granite countertop.

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